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Mulderbosch - Noble Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Information

  • Country: South Africa
  • Wine Region: Stellenbosch
  • Wine Maker: Adam Mason
  • Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
  • Grape Percentage: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.32
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 50
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now
Food Matching

Food Matching

Pair with foie gras; Crêpes Suzette; Crème brûlée; Fruit based desserts like fruit tarts and flans, especially when they contain apple. A range of cheeses, particularly Roquefort.

Duty/Vat Paid
Limited Stock: (1 btls)
WA: 89 (2011) VS: 91 (2007) JR: 16 (2009) JP: 4 Stars (2009) iwr: 87 (2009)

Wine tasting notes

Striking amber appearance with verdant hues. Beautifully developed botrytis notes of dried pear, mango and fresh hay dominate the nose. Succulent flavours of preserved cling peaches and quince paste on the palate are supported by subtle oaky tones reminiscent of hot buttered toast. A fine acidity heightens fruit purity and underpins a long and flavourful finish.

Winery Information

Mulderbosch

Situated in the hills just outside Stellenbosch lies Mulderbosch Vineyards. As a member of the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative, working in harmony with nature is central to the philosophy of the estate. Winemaker Adam Mason, originally from Johannesburg, joined Mulderbosch in November 2011 with 8 years of experience at Klein Constania, prior to which he spent six years abroad.Historically a dilapidated farm when purchased in 1989, the buildings were completely renovated and the first vines.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2011)89 pts

Wine Advocate #209 Oct 2013 - Neal Martin - The 2011 Sauvignon Blanc Noble Late Harvest is blended with 12% Chenin Blanc. It comes from botrytized berries that are pressed slowly and racked into French oak barrels. The nose is well-defined with quince, tangerine and honeyed scents. The palate is well-balanced with a fine thread of acidity woven through the clean quince and mandarin fruit. It is clean and focused ? a well-crafted South African sweetie to enjoy over the next couple of years. Drink now-2017.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2007)91 pts

Mar/Apr '11 by Stephen Tanzer - Full medium gold. Extravagant aromas of honey, dried apricot and orange peel. Very sweet (151 g/l r.s.), high-toned and inviting, with exotic flavors of apricot, tangerine, nuts and resin framed by vibrant acidity. There's an almost rancio ripeness here but this wine has the sheer energy to support it.

JancisRobinson.com (2009)16 pts

Tasted June 2013 - 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Botrytised and rich and lots of fun, tangy, falls away a bit but lots of well-balanced sweetness. GV

John Platter (2009)4 stars

More elegant 2009 is lighter, fresher with some pepperiness, less obvious botrytis character; both 6 months in oak, 100% new.

independent-wine-review (2009)87 pts

In order to achieve that aim with this “Noble Late Harvest” Sauvignon Blanc, perfectly botrytised Sauvignon Blanc grape were hand harvested ahead of a slow fermentation and six months of maturation in 100% new French oak barrels. Left on the lees of fermentation during this period, some lees stirring was undertaken to generate additional complexity and richness. A golden colour of moderate intensity in the glass, this Mulderbosch “Noble Late Harvest” Sauvignon Blanc is quite far removed in terms of appearance from its cousins which would have seen the fruit destined for them harvested earlier in the season. Oak fermentation and maturation has clearly had an effect here, as it has on the nose. Whilst one might normally expect aromas of cut grass, gooseberry and asparagus from South African Sauvignon Blanc, here this Mulderbosch “Noble Late Harvest” Sauvignon Blanc offers aromas of waxed lemons, poached pears and vanilla, with a musty, yeasty complexity derived from the botrytis also clearly evident. There’s a hint of caramelisation here too, that is suggestive of the elevated level of residual sugar that is to found within this wine. Sweet and somewhat sticky on the palate, this “Noble Late Harvest” Sauvignon Blanc from Mulderbosch is an individual and complexly flavoured wine that combines intense fruit flavours, with a rich mouth-feel. Flavours of poached pears, grapefruit and candied lemon zest combine with the vanilla and cinnamon spice of oak and botrytis to yield a compelling whole. A little swamped by the sweetness and richness of texture on display, Sauvignon Blanc’s traditionally high level of acidity just about manages to retain balance as this wine evolves on tongue. A finish of good length shows more pears and honey.

Vinification Notes

Perfectly botrytised Sauvignon Blanc berries were handpicked and allowed skin contact overnight before being slowly pressed. The luscious juice was allowed to settle for two days before being racked to French oak barrels. After a lengthy fermentation the wine was left to mature on gross lees for six months. A light fining and filtration preceded bottling.